How would I know Christ as my deliverer unless I had been in a pit?
How would I know him as my Savior unless I had been lost?
How would I know him as the One who calms the storm
unless I had been in the midst of a tempest?
How would I know him as my provider if I had never been in need?
How would I learn to depend on him if I were never destitute?
How would I know him as my healer if I had never been sick?
So I can give thanks even if I don’t have a lot, even if I’m being tossed by life’s storms, even I’m struggling with illness, even if I am at the end of all my natural resources...
indeed “he THEN is all my hope and stay.”
It’s during those times when I learn who he really is.
If I don’t truly experience HIM during adversity, drought, famine, or trials, then do I really KNOW him at all? Am I only thankful during times of prosperity - those rare moments when “everything is going great”?
I have to find GOD no matter the situation. I think he set it up this way. He’s there pulling for me saying, “Come on, you can do it. Just trust me this time. Keep praising, keep rejoicing. Watch what I will do. Watch who you’ll become...”